About

I’m a Seattle-based designer and storyteller studying Human Centered Design & Engineering, exploring the intersections of our lived experiences to build a more equitable and sustainable shared future. I embrace the responsibility to amplify the margins and lead with a reflexive and critical voice.

Previously

I graduated with honors from MIT in computer science. At the MIT Media Lab, CSAIL, and ETH Zürich, I crafted multisensory prototypes. At Microsoft, Priceline, and various startups, I designed products in cloud computing, travel, IoT, and fintech for millions of customers around the globe. With MIT, I also taught design workshops across three continents, empowering students to find their own voices as our future leaders.

As a figure skater, I represented Team USA on the global stage, winning national titles by pushing the boundaries of athleticism and artistry to new heights. From the age of 6, I dedicated over 15 years of my life in pursuit of perfection. That relentless commitment to craft and practice continues to influence my work as a designer.

Outside of grad school, I serve on the board for the MIT Club of Puget Sound, organizing events to build community for thousands of alumni across the Pacific Northwest, and volunteer for MIT Admissions, helping search for the next generation of global leaders.

I would love to hear from you. Please reach me at kshum[at]mit[dot]edu.

Behind the scenes working on an interactive ecological design intervention in Ramallah, Palestine.Behind the scenes working on an interactive ecological design intervention in Ramallah, Palestine.


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